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A certain Mr. Bentley looks to be edging closer and closer to White Hart Lane exit.

Spurs are after Maxi Rodriguez and will offer David Bentley in exchange. Rodríguez is also wanted by Liverpool, Villarreal and Argentinean prep school Boca Juniors. (Guardian)

All I can say about this potential deal is yes please! I am a big fan of Maxi Rodriguez. A vastly experienced customer who could offer us some adaptability across the midfield and if we can beat Liverpool to the punch then all the better. Will David Bentley play another minute in a Tottenham shirt? Probably not.

Portsmouth have been told by the Premier League that Jamie O’Hara will have to return to Tottenham unless the club’s transfer embargo is lifted.

The on-loan midfielder is due to stay at Fratton Park until 15th January and there is a clause in his contract that allows him to stay should both clubs reach an agreement.

However, as Pompey are not allowed to sign players because of financial problems, any possible extension on O’Hara’s deal cannot be completed.

Portsmouth have contacted the League for clarification over the current embargo that bans all new registrations at the club, while the player admits he is still in the dark.

“I don’t know what the whole situation is so I’m just trying to wait and see what happens,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I mean obviously it’s up on the 15th so once I know then we can try and sort something out but I think there’s a clause in it where Tottenham maybe want me to go to three clubs and if Portsmouth can’t do it then maybe I’ll be going elsewhere.” (Sky Sports)

I am sure we would welcome Jamie back with open arms. He is a player who loves playing the game and clearly loves the club but can’t seem to get a run in the team and it would be unfair to keep him bench bound. At 23 he needs to be getting regular football and if a deal to extend his deal at Fratton Park can not be arranged then he may well be sent out elsewhere and he would do a good job at most clubs in the Premier League so I am sure there will be no shortage of potential interest.

The Premier League is set to use Portsmouth’s share of the latest television monies to pay off the club’s debts to other top-flight sides.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Watford are all owed money by Pompey and the Premier League will split £7m between them. (BBC Sport)

Staying with Portsmouth, I can only hope that they can get themselves out of their severe tailspin and whilst we are obviously owed money at the same time taking money from the south coast club probably doesn’t sit too well with Harry given his relationship with Pompey. I think the worst could still be to come for the bottom of the table side who’s probable relegation could really threaten the long term future of the club.

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